JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native and conservation groups are asking the federal government to investigate the impacts that existing or planned mines in British Columbia could have on waters flowing into southeast Alaska.
The ultimate goal of their request is to have the issue referred to an international panel — something the groups have long been seeking, without success.
The groups Tuesday sent a petition seeking an investigation to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
The groups say the transboundary rivers are important to Alaska communities, providing salmon that Alaska Natives and commercial fisherman rely on.
They worry not enough is being done to monitor the development of mines across the border from southeast Alaska in British Columbia.